My mom lives in a lovely home on the Chesapeake Bay and it is “party headquarters” for our family. Every holiday we gather together to celebrate with laughter, love, wine, and food. Between my sisters and I, we have eight kiddos so often create a “kids’ table” for our meals. However, this year we decided to celebrate Passover together with a traditional Seder and wanted the children to participate at the same table. My mom’s dining room table is oblong and seats only 10 comfortably. Here is her creative DIY solution to making her table able to seat 16!
Supplies Needed to Extend a Table:
- Sheet of DPI 3/16-in x 4-ft x 8-ft Brown/Unfinished Hardboard Wall Panel (You can find this at Lowes.)
- Sander block
- Drawer grip liners
- Additional table the same height as original table
Instructions on How to Extend Oval Table
Step 1: Place your additional table up against your dining room table. Measure the distance between the end of the additional table and add at least a foot for board overlap onto your dining room table.
Step 2: Place your hardboard over the end of your oval table and get underneath the table to trace around it with a pencil. You are creating a pattern. Trace your board to the dimensions of your original measurements.
Step 3: Use a jigsaw to cut out your hardboard. Smooth any rough edges with a sanding block.
Step 4: Place drawer grippers over the gap where the two tables meet. This will prevent the hardboard from sliding.
Step 5: Gently place your hardboard over the two tables and cover with table cloths. (Two dollar store plastic table cloths were used to protect the hardboard and wood from spills and then covered with two rectangular tablecloths.)
This is a fantastic little trick to remember if you have an oval table that needs lengthening for a group event. There is of course a slight 3/16 inch raise where the hardboard rests on top of your original dining table, but this can be easily covered up and isn’t noticeable Just be sure not to place a place setting where the board is raised and no one will even notice. You can see what the finished table looked like with all 15 of us around it. Well, I don’t have a wide-angled lens for my camera yet, so I couldn’t photograph everyone sitting down. But you get the general idea!
I’m so proud of my clever DIY’ing mother :). (That is her pictured above in the green floral cardigan and yellow shirt.) With my dad gone, she has really stepped it up a notch and figured out how to do so many handy things herself. She rocks! Thanks mom for letting me share your project!
p.s. The pretty lady above holding the water pitcher is my big sister Kim, from Sand & Sisal. You can read more about our Easter celebration here.